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A John Waters Christmas at The Birchmere

2009 12 03 feature story 4700 5041

In what’s now become an annual event, legendary Baltimore filmmaker John Waters returns to the Birchmere with a one-man show motivated by a genuine love for Christmas. In fact, the show explores the gay and sexual possibilities of the holiday. As he told Metro Weekly in 2009: “Is Santa erotic? That is a question with the bear movement. Is he a silver fox? Is he a bear? Suppose you are attracted to Santa — does that make you a Santa hag? Can you have sex in a chimney? Are you a flue queen? There are all sorts of possibilities that I talk about.” (As an aside, the full interview also appears in a just-published, academic collection of interviews with Waters, who personally requested the interview be included in the book.) Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets are $45. Call 703-549-7500 or visit

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